Back in 1974, Dolly Parton had an enormous hit in her authentic music I Will Always Love You. And it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Elvis Presley’s supervisor The Colonel got here knocking asking if The King might cowl the No 1 music. Initially, the Country singer was extremely excited by the prospect, however little did the star know that she’d find yourself in tears.
Speaking on Living and Learning with Reba McEntire, Dolly mentioned: “I was so excited, I told everybody. They had called me that Elvis was recording it, and if I wanted to come to the studio. Elvis wanted to meet me and all that.”
But The Colonel mentioned to her: “You know, we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have the publishing, or at least half the publishing.”
She replied: “Well, that throws a new light on this because I can’t give you half the publishing. I’m gonna leave that to my family. I can’t do that.”
The infamously uncompromising supervisor then instructed her that The King couldn’t cowl the music with out these phrases however the Country star remained unrelenting and burst into tears.
Dolly shared: “I cried all night. Oh, I just pictured Elvis, like, singing it. And I know that Elvis loved it. And I know it wasn’t him, but it’s true. I said no.”
She mentioned to CMT: “I always wondered what it would sound like. I know he’d kill it. Don’t you? He would have killed it.”
Dolly was even instructed by Priscilla Presley that The King sang I Will Always Love You to her as they got here down the steps of the divorce courthouse following their divorce, which actually touched her.
But in the long run, the Country singer’s resolution paid off as in 1992 Whitney Houston recorded her cowl of the observe for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard. In truth, it was her co-star Kevin Costner who had advised it.
Houston’s model of I Will Always Love You spent a record-breaking 14 weeks at No 1 within the US Billboard charts and is the best-selling single by a feminine artist and the sixth greatest single of all time with over 20 million gross sales. In truth, the duvet simply beats Elvis’ It’s Now or Never into seventh place.
Dolly later mentioned that though she declined The King’s provide for half the copyright: “When Whitney [Houston’s version] came out, I made enough money to buy Graceland.”
The Bodyguard model late reentered the charts upon Houston’s premature loss of life at simply 48 in 2012.
But regardless of all of it understanding for the Country star, she nonetheless wished she might have met Elvis, which ended up inspiring a music that gave her some closure on the matter.
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Long after Elvis’ loss of life in 1977, Dolly wrote a observe known as I Dreamed About Elvis Last Night, which she performs at her reside reveals.
The observe, which the 76-year-old hopes to document sooner or later, sees Dolly share the stage with an Elvis impersonator who she makes up with after which sings I Will Always Love You as a duet.
The lyrics for Dolly’s Elvis music go: “Last night I dreamed of Elvis, he was standing in the light. Looking radiant and beautiful just like he did in life. I said, ‘E, it’s good to see you, you look so healthy and at peace.’
The Elvis impersonator then replies: “Y’know I’m really happy here, how’s things Tennessee?”
Dolly continues: “Well I told him we all missed him, that the whole world loved the King.”
Before Elvis will get down on one knee and says: “Y’know if things were different I’d ask you to wear my ring!” After asking if she might name him “El”, Dolly says: “Am I just dreaming?”
The duo then launches into the refrain earlier than Dolly sings to The King how she wished he had sung certainly one of her personal songs.
Elvis replies: “I almost did one of yours, the one about true love.” And in the long run, Dolly and The King sing a quick duet of I Will Always Love You.